Disarming Masculinities


Myrttinen, Henri. 2003. “Disarming Masculinities.” Disarmament Forum: Women, Men, Peace and Security 4: 37–46.

Author: Henri Myrttinen


In this article, the author analyzes some of the ways in which enactments of masculinities and the wielding of weapons go together, as well as the sexualized imagery used in conjunction with weapons. He argues that the public display, the threat of or actual use of weapons is an intrinsic part of violent, militarized models of masculinity. He further states that weapons are part of one notion of masculinity and are used as masculine status symbols. (ISN ETH Zurich)

Topics: Armed Conflict, Combatants, Male Combatants, DDR, Gender, Men, Masculinity/ies, Gender Roles, Gendered Power Relations, Military Forces & Armed Groups, Militarization, Sexuality, Violence, Weapons /Arms

Year: 2003

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